This month, we focus on a simple but functional project: a mallet. This handy project is fast-paced and has a wide range of acceptable designs, so it's perfect for a beginning turner. This project will take a beginner about 2 hours to complete. A mallet also makes a great gift for a woodworking friend.
Highland's own Windsor Chair Class teacher, Peter Galbert, featured in Woodturning Magazine!
Woodturning Magazine published a fantastic profile on Peter in October of 2010, and he was even featured on the cover! Inside the article he discusses his process, including the "human quality" he strives for in all of his chairs, by achieving subtle variations between the turnings. Our personal favorite part of the article is when Peter talks about imagining "someone mistaking a loaf of bread for a doorstop" to help him stick with the tools that allow the wood to do what it does best.CLICK HERE to read the article and learn more about Peter Galbert's methods and philosophy as a woodturner and a chairbuilder.
Bodger Set of 6 Turning Tools: Rugged and AffordableWhether you are a beginning woodturner or a seasoned pro, our new Bodger turning tools offer a very affordable, high–quality alternative to British turning tools. Made from high–speed steel, these rugged tools are quite tough with a Rockwell hardness of Rc 60. CLICK HERE for more info:
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This month we are featuring Johnny Taylor's impressively detailed woodturnings. After looking at the stunning artistry of Johnny's works, we were amazed to learn that he has only been turning for three years. Take a look HERE!
Bandsaw Cutoffs: An Unsafe Distraction?
How do you handle all those cutoff pieces from the bandsaw when preparing stock for your projects? There always seems to be a lot of leftover material you could use for smaller projects in the future. What you don't want to have happen is that you start looking at and wondering about the cutoffs while you are still cutting for your present project. It's just not safe.Here's how Phil deals with this unsafe distraction:
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